Bruce French (cricketer)
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (April 2011)|
|Full name||Bruce Nicholas French|
13 August 1959 |
Market Warsop, Nottinghamshire, England
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Role||Wicketkeeper, Wicketkeeping Coach|
|Relations||Neil French (brother)
Jake Ball (nephew)
|Source: , 1 January 2006|
Bruce Nicholas French (born 13 August 1959, Market Warsop, Nottinghamshire, England) is a former English cricketer, who played in sixteen Tests and thirteen ODIs for England from 1985 to 1988. A wicket-keeper/batsman, French played his first Test against India at Headingley, Leeds in 1986, and his last Test against New Zealand in Wellington in March 1988.
Life and career
In his sixteen Test matches, French scored 309 runs at an average of 18.11, took thirty eight catches and made one stumping.
French had a mixed experience on his tours. These included being bitten by a dog, being hit by a spectator thrown ball whilst practising, and then knocked down by a car as he arrived at hospital for treatment. French also saved two young girls from drowning while on a Test tour in Pakistan, when he came across them by chance.
French enjoys mountaineering, and had a spell coaching wicket-keeping for the England cricket team. He coaches Matt Prior, the English wicket-keeper, and has been regarded as an excellent coach of high skills and knowledge.